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Uncommon Scenes in Paleo-Art by Tomozaurus Uncommon Scenes in Paleo-Art by Tomozaurus
Something that we concocted over at Hell Creek ([link]). The idea was to come up with scenes or actions from the modern natural world that aren't often depicted in Paleo art.

So, I then decided on my own to do some sketches of most of them and this is the result: a sketch-dump of extinct animals (predominantly dinosaurs) doing some interesting little things.

1. Suggested by MMartiniuk: "Pterosaurs burying their eggs like sea turtles." Featuring my first ever full body reconstruction of a pterosaur (it isn't a particular species, just a generic Azhdarchid). Let me know if it's any good ^^

2. Suggested by Ferahgo as: "a small cool-climate theropod (something from the Jehol biota maybe?) licking moisture off an icicle." Featuring an adorable Sinosauropteryx prima catching water drops from a frozen ginkgo branch.

3. Suggested by albertonykus as "Hadrosaurs owning things " the specifically by Tyrannotitan as "Tenontosaurus pwning Deinonychus". Featuring Tenontosaurus tilletti and Deinonychus antirrhopus.

4. Again suggested by Ferahgo as "large predatory dinosaurs combing for very small animals, like frogs or early mammals." Featuring a Gorgosaurus libratus combing a slow river for frogs and turtles, the latter of which it has just uncovered.

5. Suggested by Stewmorg as "a(n) unamed Mosasaurid attacking a herd of 'Anatotitan'." Featuring Thespesius occidentalis Anatosaurus annectus and a generic mosasaurid.

6. Suggested by Naraoia as "...rarely depicted birdy behaviours... dust-bathing and anting?" Featuring Sinovenator changii.

7. Again suggested by Stewmorg as "dinosaur when their drinking always seem to be lapping like mammals. why don't they draw it likes the different ways birds drink," but lots of people suggested "everyday animal activities" and drinking came up a couple of times. Featured is Tianyulong confuciusi drinking like a ratite does.

All people mentioned appear with their Hell Creek usernames for simplicity's sake.

There were also a couple of non-vertebrate suggestions but I skipped them due to my crappyness at drawing backgrounds. Additionally there were several suggestions of different birdy behaviors for maniraptors which I will be doing, so expect a "bird behavior in maniraptors" sketch dump eventually.
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are unusually seen, yes. All of these probably happened sooner or later, 160 million years is a long time. Tenontosaurus would obviously have won sometimes, having a not-being-murdered picture of Tenontosaurus is unusual in its own right aswell :D
brolyeuphyfusion9500 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I always thought that dinosaurs scooped the water with their mouths when drinking...
ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I find all these interesting and plausible, and the idea as a whole is also good. The only one I am sceptical to, is a Mosasaur attacking a terrestrial dinosaur. Mosasaurs aren't crocodiles, and unless a white shark is kept in a tank, with conveniently placed pets by the tank edge, it's very unlikely oceanic predators will ever get a good bite off a terrestrial animal :D
Even geographically, it would require a landscape that is extremely deep, but right next to shore, allowing the Mosasaur the ability to dive, propell itself, and shoot up of the water - and even then, twist to the side in order to drag the dinosaur with it. Such an attack would be so rare (likely never) that it's highly doubtful a Mosasaur would even think of doing it - much more likely ignore any animal out of reach, up on dry ground.

But like I said, otherwise these are quite good ideas. I love trying to find less common depictions of dinosaurs. I especially enjoy #4, it is VERY unrepresented in paleo art!
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the compliments.
As I said in another comment, the idea here was that the hadrosaur was crossing a channel and the mosasaur grabbed hold of it as it moved past. In the illustration the mosasaur is not propelling itself from the water, but is being pulled out by the dinosaur.
JWArtwork Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're good and I think these are awesome scenes (especially 1 and 2 ;))! How about Sinosauropteryx being dragged into the water by an Ikechosaurus:?
TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Sweet. It's always cool to see dinosaurs act like real animals.
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, indeed it is.
TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thaaat is SO cool.
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student General Artist
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